Week 19 of season-long fantasy baseball is upon us, and if you're competing for a playoff spot at this point in the season, making some key waiver wire pickups could be the difference between a winning week and a disappointing loss.
There are always seemingly at least a few quality players available that could give your fantasy team the production necessary to finish this coming week in the win column. With that in mind, here are five fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups you should consider for Week 19.
1. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
Miguel Cabrera's days of MVP-caliber production may be behind him, but he may have rediscovered a bit of that form over the past couple of weeks. The 36-year-old slugger has performed well at the plate recently, batting .346 with three homers, nine RBI and eight runs scored across his last 52 at-bats coming into Sunday's contest. Cabrera is available in 64 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should provide his owners with a quality corner infield bat, at least in the short term.
2. Willy Adames, 2B/SS, Tampa Bay Rays
Willy Adames hadn't exactly lived up to his potential over the first half of the season, but the second-year shortstop is starting to put it all together. The 23-year-old has been rounding into form over the past two weeks, batting .297 with five homers, nine RBI and a 1.098 OPS across his last 37 at-bats. Adames is available in 83 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should provide his owners with a reliable middle-infield bat who can slot in a second base or shortstop.
3. Corey Dickerson, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Corey Dickerson has thrived since landing in Philadelphia, batting .381 with two homers, seven RBI and a 1.143 OPS in his first 21 at-bats in a Phillies uniform. Dickerson is available in 74 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues and should provide his owners with a quality outfielder for the stretch run.
4. Iván Nova, SP, Chicago White Sox
This isn't the first time that Ivan Nova has appeared on one of these lists, and if you haven't picked him up already, now is definitely the time. The 32-year-old righty is on an incredible run of dominance, sporting a 2-0 record with an 0.47 ERA and an 0.95 WHIP over his last three starts. Nova's strikeout potential leaves much to be desired (he has nine Ks during the above-mentioned three starts), but his ability to limit the damage can't be ignored. Plus, he's available in 83 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, making him a start streaming option prior to his Wednesday start against the Astros.
5. Joe Jiménez, RP, Detroit Tigers
Joe Jiménez has had an up-and-down season for the Tigers in 2019, but he's seen his fantasy stock soar since Shane Greene was traded to the Atlanta Braves. The 24-year-old fireballer, who is available in 76 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues, has been used exclusively as the team's closer since Greene was shipped to Atlanta and has pitched well in his new role, sporting a 2.70 ERA with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings pitched while recording one save in as many opportunities. Just his saves potential makes him worth a speculative add in all formats moving forward.
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